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Off Balance: 'Appy to do business with you

It had to happen: a corporate finance-based game in Apple's App Store

‘Appy to do business with you
Off Balance has used most of the great apps – from Angry Birds to Flappy Bird. But it’s always felt like something was missing. Then, OB realised: there are too many feathers, and not enough ledgers. Business is fun, after all.

So OB was delighted to be told of a game on the iTunes App Store about M&As called … M&A Game.

“Choose your bankers, lawyers, accountants and, of course, your data room. Now go forth and conquer,” says the blurb. OB has been too busy trying to progress on Temple Run 2 to find time to do even more M&A deals, virtual or otherwise. But, with an average three-star rating, it might just be worth wiling away some time on it – if you can drag your iPhone or iPad away from the kids. 

Retire at leisure
Off Balance’s interest was piqued by some statistical shenanigans from ‘longevity analysts’ Club Vita and the University of Glasgow.

Apparently, you high-flyers out there, looking to make a quick buck then head off to the slopes or follow a cruise liner lifestyle before your hair turns grey – well, you’re not doing yourself any favours. Between the ages of 60 and 70, average life expectancy increases a month for each year you delay retirement, for those in occupational pension schemes.

The research will continue, with the dynamic duo receiving funding to run a two-year project that will bring on board NHS data to identify factors that affect life expectancy. They admit there’s a lot more research to do, such as taking into account socio-economic factors.

But if you’d asked OB the answer would have been simple. Less time at home equals less DIY – and that’s life-affirming.

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